House Bill 3261: SOPA – is Soup – and Nuts, Too | James Pat Guerréro


SOPA is an English acronym for the new House Bill 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act. The acronym, which means “soup” in Spanish, has unwittingly been created by Congressional Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX21). Congressman Smith, a real Texan in Spanish territory, it is presumed, should have thought of this before he created the bill. Well, this act is plain “soup” – and nuts, too.

The republicans never cease to surprise the world. For three instances, why create a bill to regulate commerce when republicans claim to promote limited government? – Aye,! says the Captain. Why impose more regulation and law enforcement on the U.S. Department of Justice when republicans claim it can not enforce security on the American border? – Aye,! says the Captain. Why even think that the Federal government could even do a better job of protecting intellectual rights than the private sector could? – Double Aye,! says the Captain.

SOPA and its sister Senate act, PIPA (Protect IP Act), have the high-sounding title, “To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.” In other words, the title should read, “To regulate commerce by allowing special interests to benefit over others, and for other purposes.”

As afraid as one is able to admit, the republicans have written a dangerous bill for commerce that simply can be self-regulated by free market commerce. Consequently, the American taxpayer saves his taxes, the Federal government saves its face, and free commerce does and makes the necessary corrections. Let one not oversimply state that some capitalists love to use the government to compete. That isn’t right, and its called crony capitalism. Then, let all capitalists work in the free market, which would be better in terms of pricing and available logistics for all.

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